For days, the blogosphere has buzzed with rumors in anticipation of Facebook's scheduled announcement this week. On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg led a company presentation with the tech and social media worlds closely watching.
Although expectations for today's event were all over the map, the reason Zuckerberg rounded up our attention today was to introduce “Home,” a new family of Android apps for devices powered by Google’s popular mobile operating system.
Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s also more than just an app. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.
“What would it feel like,” Zuckerberg asked, “if our phones were designed around people instead of apps?”
Facebook Home largely answers that question. Home allows users to “see the latest content shared by their friends on the lock screen of their phones," reads a first-hand review from Salvador Rodriguez of the LA Times. "Friends’ photos and status updates appear, and users can swipe left and right to see more content. Users can also ‘like’ or comment on the content straight from the screen, which Facebook calls the Cover Feed.”
Facebook Home will be available this month for Android users with the latest version of the Facebook app. Afterwards, Facebook Home will be updated each month. The introduction of Home for Android tablets is also planned for the near future.
Source: LA Times